bloviation

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

1850, US, Ohio, as bloviate +‎ -ion.[1]

Noun[edit]

bloviation (plural bloviations)

  1. a lengthy discourse in a pompous or boastful manner
    • 1850, Rep. Deb. & Proc. Convent. for Revision Constit. State of Ohio (1851) 640/1:[1]
      For doing my duty, I claim no credit—I seek no ‘bloviations’—I ask for no sacrifices—I desire no ovations.

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 In Defense of Harding the Bloviator”, Ben Zimmer, Word Routes: Exploring the Pathways of our Lexicon, July 29, 2010